The major theme of the author's work as a sound artist and musician has been the appropriation and alteration of sound and its existing reproduction systems. The three projects discussed here use familiar devices in ways that both usurp and extend their inherent characteristics and imperfections. As ideas, these projects all re-examine the use of the ready-made, be it with objects or with sounds. The author's piece entitled Recorded Delivery appropriated a sound-activated Dictaphone to trace the journey of a parcel through the post. His invention of the Tri-Phonic Turntable allowed him to manipulate and accidentally discover “new” sounds buried within any vinyl terrain. Lastly, for his Wow 7" project, he cut the music eccentrically onto the record surface to induce fluctuations in the sound playback and thus fundamentally alter its audible and visual nature.